HP is taking a different approach to the smartwatch space than most other electronics companies. Rather than cram a kitchen sink operating system onto a wristwatch, HP partnered with designer Michael Bastian to design a high-end, stylish watch and then added the hardware to let it talk to your phone.
The MB Chronowing is first and foremost a watch. But it’s also a little smart.
The MB Chronowing watch launches November 7th and a basic model with a stainless steel watch and leather, rubber and nylon straps will sell for $349. There’s also a $649 model with a black case, sapphire crystal glass, and an alligator strap.
Both versions feature black and white LCD displays that can display notifications for text messages, calendar notifications, weather, stock prices, or other data as well as clock dial that actually shows you the time… all the time.
The watch doesn’t have a touchscreen or microphone. Instead you interact with it using three buttons on the side of the watch which you can use to trigger a stopwatch, interact with notifications, or perform other basic actions.
HP and Michael Bastian’s smartwatch may not be able to do as many things as a Moto 360, Apple Watch, or even Pebble smartwatch. But it gets up to 7 days of battery life and looks more like a watch than a mini computer strapped to your wrist.
These watches are limited edition devices though, and they’re available exclusively from Gilt.